Our Office

The ACFOLA Office is located at the intersection of Clarence and Horton. The office is at the 2nd Floor of the Pathways Skill Development Campus building. Please click to contact us.

ACFOLA is a volunteer-driven organization. Collectively, our volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually for various meetings, community events, planning and  office activities. However we also have staff members that are employed full time through various on-going funded projects.



Tes Buzamlak

Office of the Executive Director


Jethro Odanga

 Project Manager
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Jethro is a graduate of the University of Guelph and was the Project Manager of ACFOLA’s Labour Market Partnership Project (LMPP) , in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The project harnesses potentials, priorities and needs for attaining successful Cooperative unions, sustainable job growth, labour skills and opportunities for incentives and business growth for African Canadians in London and area. Dr. Odanga has a cumulative 26-year working experience that has enabled him to develop various skills including: leadership; planning and monitoring; project management; project co-ordination; project implementation; analytical; evaluation; grant proposal writing; program and policy development; and social assistance programs.

Harina Mokanan

 Project Assistant
Harina MokananHarina is the Project Assistant for the Labour Market Partnership Project (LMPP). She works closely with the Project Manager and Researcher in meeting the goals of the project. Harina Mokanan is a graduate of York University and was part of the Black, African and Caribbean Health (BLACCH) Study research team. Harina assisted in writing the 2013 special report on BLACCH Study which examines the immigration experience and Health for African, Caribbean and Blacks living in London, Ontario and surrounding areas. Additionally, Harina was also a volunteer of the University of Western Ontario radio station 94.9CHRW, where she hosted and broadcasted weekly radio show showcasing local and international music.

Ayo Abiola

Project Coordinator
Ayo AbiolaAyo was ACFOLA’s Project Coordinator on the Ontario Trillium Foundation funded project aimed at improving ACFOLA’s capacity to deliver services and improve the participation and involvement of African Canadians in community development in London and area. Ayo worked at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario where he was also an executive of the Society of Graduate Students. He attended the University of Western Ontario and University College London, England. In 2013, Ayo was the Conference Secretary for ACFOLA’s 2nd Moving Forward African Canadian Conference themed, “Employment and Economic Development of African Canadians in London and Area”.

Gebremariam Woldemicael

Labour Market Partnership Project Researcher
Gebre WoldemicaelGebre was responsible for research design, data analysis & management, strategic planning & identifying needs & priorities for ACFOLA’s Labour Market Partnership Project (LMPP) with the ultimate goal of promoting economic security & integration for African Canadians in London. Dr Woldemicael worked for over twenty years in different Universities and Research Institutions in Canada and abroad including Stockholm University in Sweden and the internationally acclaimed Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Germany. As a researcher and teaching faculty at the University of Western Ontario, he has made important contributions in: research that addressed critical issues in economic integration of visible minority immigrants in Canada; teaching graduate- & undergraduate- level courses; & developing proposals